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Oct/14

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Two castles of Yoshkar-Ola

Anyone coming to Yoshkar-Ola, the capital of Mari-El Republic, will definitely experience cognitive dissonance. The architecture of the city includes Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Islam; European and Asian motifs; skill and carelessness.

Let’s look at just two interesting new buildings. These two castles were built over the past four years in the center of the city, on the bank of the Malaya Kokshaga River. The new Republican Puppet Theater and the office complex “12 Apostles”. Photos by Dmitry Gazin

Two castles of Yoshkar-Ola, Russia, photo 1

unusual urban landscape for Russia

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Oct/14

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Let’s fly a helicopter over Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world located in eastern Siberia (on the territory of the Republic of Buryatia and Irkutsk region). It is the largest reservoir of fresh water on our planet.

Because of the large size (more than 23 thousand square km), Baikal is often called the sea. The greatest depth of the lake is 1642 meters. Photos by Stepanov Slava

Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia, photo 1

fly over Baikal

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The Staritskiy Holy Dormition Monastery is an Orthodox Monastery located in the town of Staritsa in Tver region.

The monastery was founded in the first half of the 16th century. In 1919, the monastery was closed, and, in 1930, the wall with corner towers, that surrounded the monastery, was demolished. By 2013, the monastery was restored in its original form. Photo by Ilya Melikhov

The Staritskiy Holy Dormition Monastery, Russia

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Oct/14

4

Scenic views of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is a city with a population of about 180,000 people located in the Far East of Russia, the administrative center of Kamchatka region.

This city, founded in 1740, is located in the southeastern part of the Kamchatka Peninsula on the shores of the Avachinskaya Bay of the Pacific Ocean. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky cityscape is dominated by a pair of active volcanoes. It is the naval base the Russian Pacific Fleet. Photos by Denis Mukimov

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky city, Russia, photo 1

most eastern large Russian city

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Kul Sharif Mosque is standing on the territory of the Kazan Kremlin. It is the main mosque of the Republic of Tatarstan and Kazan.

Construction of the mosque began in 1996. It was a re-creation of the legendary mosque of the capital of the Kazan Khanate that was destroyed during the storming of Kazan by the troops of Ivan the Terrible in October 1552.

Kul-Sharif Mosque, Kazan, Russia, photo 1

the symbol of Tatarstan

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Today, Staraya Ladoga (until 1703 – Ladoga) is a small village (population about 2,000) located in the Volkhov municipal district of the Leningrad region of Russia. But prior to 1703, Ladoga had a status of a town.

In 2003, the 1250th anniversary of Staraya Ladoga was celebrated and the village was called “the ancient capital of Northern Russia.”

Staraya Ladoga, Russia, photo 1

beautiful historic place

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Sep/14

19

The variety of landscapes of Kamchatka

Kamchatka is a peninsula located in the north-eastern part of Eurasia in Russia. It stretches from north-east to south-west for 1200 km.

In general, the landscapes and nature of Kamchatka are very similar to the open spaces of southern Siberia, the main difference – volcanoes. And another big difference is climate.

The variety of landscapes of Kamchatka, Russia, photo 1

beautiful land

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Peschanaya (Sandy) Bay is one of the most beautiful and well-known places on Baikal Lake. Unique taiga slopes with picturesque groups of rocks together with a clean sandy beach of semicircular form (length – 750 meters, width – 15-20 meters) are very picturesque.

The only way to reach this place is to go by water from Listvyanka or Irkutsk. In July and August, you can swim in the lake though the water is pretty cool (about plus 13 degrees Celsius). Peschanaya Bay on Google Maps. Photos by borh_84

Peschanaya Bay - a beautiful place on Baikal Lake, Russia, photo 1

a lovely place to stay

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Aug/14

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The beauty of Zyuratkul National Park

“Zyuratkul” is a national park located in the southern part of Satka region of Chelyabinsk oblast, 200 km west of Chelyabinsk. The total area of ​​the park is 88,249 hectares, the length from north to south – 49 km, from east to west – 28 km.

The park preserves unique natural complexes, monuments of nature, history, culture, archeology and other cultural heritage sites. There are such natural sites as the alpine Zyuratkul Lake, Kalagaza and Berezyak rivers, Zyuratkul Pillars rocks and others. Photos by Andrey Grachev

Zyuratkul National Park, Russia, photo 1

majestic nature views

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Somewhere on the Pomorsky coast of the Onega Bay of the White Sea (north of Arkhangelsk region), there is an old village called Vorzogory.

The population of the village is only about 100 people and who knows for how long it will exist. It is a very picturesque place with a unique flavor of the Russian North. Photos by Petr Ushanov

Vorzogory, the White Sea, Russia, photo 1

severe beauty of the Russian North

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